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RECORDING OF THE MONTH Garcia ABRIL (b. 1933) Madre Asturias: A Collection of Asturian Songs Joaquin Pixan (tenor); Rosa Torres-Pardo (piano) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.572073 [53:40] [IB]

Sheerly enjoyable … marvellous! ... see Full Review 

Helmer ALEXANDERSSON (1886-1927) Overture, Symphony 2 Uppsala CO/Paul Mägi rec. 2006 STERLING CDS 1076-2 [48:48] [NB]

For Swedish symphonic music completists only ... see Full Review

Pierre-André ATHANÉ (b. 1950) String Quartet No. 1 see Casadesus

George ANTHEIL (1900-1959) Capital of the World see American Ballets

Frederick AUSTIN (1872-1952) Piano Concertino see FERGUSON

Charles AVISON (1709-1770) Twelve Concerti Grossi after Domenico Scarlatti (1744) The Avison Ensemble/Pavlo Beznosiuk rec. 2007 DIVINE ART DDA21213 [78:14 + 76:38] [GPu]

Understanding and affectionate respect ... see Full Review

Graźyna BACEWICZ (1909-1969) Music for Chamber Orchestra - Volume 1 Divertimento for string orchestra (1965) [7.48]; Piano Quintet No 1 (transcription for piano and string orchestra) (1952) [24.27]; Concerto for string orchestra (1948) [14.23] Bartłomiej Kominek (piano) Radom Chamber Orchestra/Maciej Żóltowski rec. Concert Studio S-1 of Poland Radio, Warsaw, December 2008 DUX 0691 [46.45] [GH]

Cannot fault the performances … but playing time! ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Two-Part Inventions, Sinfonias & other keyboard works Andrea Bacchetti (piano) rec. 2008 DYNAMIC CDS629/1-2 [77:11 + 73:21] [DC]

A superb piano collection and one-stop Bach archive ... see Full Review  

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) English Suites 1-6 Andrea Bacchetti (piano) rec. 2005 DECCA 476 3127 [71:17 + 71:56] [DC]

Bach with relish, every session a nourishing experience ... see Full Review  

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 - 1750) Keyboard Concertos, BWV 1054-8 (1738) Italian Concerto BWV 971 (1735) [12:33]  Vladimir Feltsman (piano, conductor), The Orchestra of St. Luke's rec. July 1993, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York   NIMBUS NI 2541/2[58:25 + 49:50] [JL]

Terrific stuff that makes for happy listening ... see Full Review 

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Missa Concentus Musicus Wien/Nikolaus Harnoncourt rec. c.1972 WARNER CLASSICS 2564690571 [54:26][JFL]

Why do we need a recording of Bach’s Missa? ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Purification Mass La Tempesta/Jakub Burzynski rec. 2007 ARTS 477498 [58:17][JV] 

Good intentions gone astray ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) The Thrill of the Chase   Florence Mustric (organ) rec. 2007 MSR CLASSICS MS1271 [65:23][JS] 

A very satisfying collection ... see Full Review

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Brandenburg Concertos 5 & 6, Concerto for Flute, Violin, and Harpsichord I Barocchisti/Diego Fasolis ARTS 47716-8 [54:28] [SV]

The concertos are performed in two completely different styles ... see Full Review 

Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) Goldberg-Variationen Martin Schmeding (organ) rec. 2009 CYBELE 030.802 [74:44] [SR]

Great sound and marvellous musicianship ... see Full Review 

Christopher BALL (b. 1936) Violin Concerto, From the Hebrides, Five Bagatelles, Celtic Twilight Thomas Gould (violin) Emerald Concert O/Christopher Ball rec. 2008 OMNIBUS CLASSICS CC5003 [74:40] [RB]

Deeply attractive music - an instant winner ... see Full Review 

Béla BARTÓK (1881-1945) Violin Concerto 2, Violin Sonata 1 Yehudi Menuhin (violin) Philharmonia O/Wilhelm Furtwängler Adolph Baller (piano) rec. 1947/53 NAXOS 8.111336 [68:43] [JW]

The place to go to appreciate Menuhin’s grip on Bartók’s grammar ... see Full Review

Albert BECKER (1834-1899) Psalmen, Liturgische Gesänge für das Kirchenjahr Berliner Domkantorei/Tobias Brommann rec. 2008 MUSIKPRODUKTION DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG9461561-6 [65:32] [DC]

Music with a function in tradition, and in our times ... see Full Review 

BARGAIN OF THE MONTH Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 (1806) [41:52] Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 (1802) [34:25] Arthur Grumiaux (violin) Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam/Eduard van Beinum rec. Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 1957 (Concerto) and May 1954 (Symphony). ADD ELOQUENCE 480 0428 [76:20] [WH]

Grumiaux, serene in 1957, and his rather more forthright conductor … see Full Review 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Violin sonata 7 see MOZART

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827) Septet (arr. for wind instruments) see CRUSELL

Sir Lennox BERKELEY (1903-1989) Songs James Gilchrist (tenor) Anna Tilbrook (piano) Alison Nicholls (harp) rec. 4-6 June 2008, Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk. DDD CHANDOS CHAN 10528 [69:08]  [MC]

An enjoyable and accessible collection, delightfully performed ... see Full Review

Charles-Auguste de BÉRIOT (1802-1870) Duo concertantes, Duos caractéristiques Christine Sohn, John Marcus (violins) rec. 2007 NAXOS 8.570748 [74:48] [BR]

A violin lover's delight … see Full Review

Harrison BIRTWISTLE (b.1934) Orpheus Elegies, Three Bach Arias Melinda Maxwell (oboe/cor anglais); Helen Tunstall (harp); Andrew Watts (counter-tenor); with Claire Seaton (soprano), William Stafford, Tom Verity (clarinets), Ben Fullbrook (marimba) rec. 2008 OBOE CLASSICS CC2020 [53:12] [DC]

Rather special, in a strange, sensitively enigmatic way ... see Full Review

Sylvie BODOROVÁ (b.1954) Megiddo per violino, violoncello e pianoforte see Fiala

Johannnes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin Concerto; Double Concerto Vadim Repin (violin); Truls Mørk (cello) Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Riccardo Chailly rec. 2008 DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4777470 [72:50][RB]

Fervour that’s the word ... see Full Review 

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Hungarian Dances Vols 1 & 2 (arr. Joachim) Joseph JOACHIM (1831-1907) Variations Hagai Shaham (violin); Arnon Erez (piano) rec. 2007 HYPERION CDA67663 [66:08] [EM]

Full-blooded, fiery, romantic and passionate - superb ... see Full Review

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Violin sonata 3 see MOZART

Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Piano Concerto 2 see Hallé Centenary Concert

Anton BRUCKNER (1824-1896) Symphony 3 Salzburg Mozarteum O/Ivor Bolton rec. 2007 OEHMS CLASSICS OC722 [57:36] [TB]

Strong sense of momentum but lacks bloom and warmth ... see Full Review

 


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